Players of No Man’s Sky were always going to see reaching the center as a challenge. With it being the only real end goal of the game, it serves as the dangling carrot in an experience that, in theory, could stretch on for years.
When Hello Games suggested that it would take hundred of hours to reach this end goal, many gamers probably thought something along the lines of “well, we’ll see about that.”
A few have most likely achieved this “ending” already – we know the reddit user who purchased an early copy claimed to, at least. When discussing his experience on Reddit, he noted a few issues along the way as claiming that he “finished” the game in around 30 hours. There was, of course, no real proof that the user had accomplished what he professed.
However, now that No Man’s Sky officially launched this week, a video has surfaced on YouTube of a player actually reaching the center. So here is gameplay footage, actual proof, of what secrets are to behold at the center of the galaxy.
Major spoilers follow.
When playing through No Man’s Sky, players will encounter a significant number of mysterious items. Often, these items are embedded with mystique and their function, purpose, and history is unknown. One such item that will find a home in your inventories is the Atlas Stones.
As the video shows, the purpose of the Atlas Stones, of which there are ten, is to form a brand new galaxy. Following the Atlas path will help the player to reach each of the ten stones, and subsequently reach the center and the secrets that lie within. However, because Atlas is not the only path that can be followed, there are most likely other paths to the stones. They also don’t have to be acquired in order to reach the center. The player is free to locate the stones at their own leisure.
The video at around the 12 minute mark shows that following the Atlas Path and after acquiring all of the stones, players achieve their “destiny” as they are encouraged to start fresh by creating their own new galaxy and expand space as we know it.
It ties in with the whole ethos that Hello Games set out years ago when the game was announced. Exploration and a solitary experience in an area of vast mystery and sense of wonder.